Suriname learns from Ghana’s decentralization governance system

Friday 19th July, 2019
Suriname Delegation Visit

By Stephen Asante, GNA

Kumasi, July 19, GNA - Mr. Edgan A.D. Kan, the Surinamese Minister for Regional Development, has lauded Ghana for deepening grassroots democracy through its decentralization system.

“We are ready as a nation to learn about how the decentralization governance system works in improving the living conditions of the ordinary Surinamese.

Ghana, we believe serves as a good model for us since it has been practicing this system of governance for a while,” Mr. Kan stated.

He made this remark when he led a 21-member delegation on a working visit to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA).

He explained that Suriname was gradually moving away from the centralized administration towards a decentralized system to help reach out to the people with development resources.

“The rural places and urban centres have gaps in resource distribution in terms of education, health, and electricity, amongst others.

Therefore, adopting the decentralization system of governance would help in the equitable allocation of resources for the benefit of the people,” Mr. Kan observed.

Mr. Osei Assibey-Antwi, Mayor of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), explained the workings and structure of the Assembly to the delegation, saying the authorities had over the years been promoting pro-poor policies to enhance the wellbeing of the people.

He outlined various tourism and investment potentials in Ghana’s second largest city, urging the Surinam government to step up its business operations in this area.

Mr. Assibey-Antwi briefed the delegation on the Assembly’s flagship “Keep Kumasi Clean and Green” programme, explaining that, it was in response to boosting the ecology in the wake of the changing climatic conditions.

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